If you have a good coaching staff, you can’t go wrong with picking the best athletes. That’s the blueprint the Redskins should look to follow this offseason.
The best players aren’t always the best athletes; football is a complex sport that spans far past the physical sphere. But having those physical maximum traits gives a player the potential to surpass all others, with a requisite amount of mental development. Physical tools are harder to develop; often called the “unteachable traits”, they’re what scouts for the Washington Redskins and 31 other teams look for in the offseason.
At the NFL Combine, these traits are put under the spotlight each year, and players’ athletic ceilings are compared and contrasted with one another in real time. It’s a valuable opportunity for both the prospects and the teams in attendance, and it provides insight into how one can build their team most effectively.
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There are always players who come out of the NFL Combine as risers, and teams often clamor to select these prospects on draft night. Here are five particular prospects (plus or minus a couple) who could garner interest from the Redskins, if the board falls the right way.